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NOTICE: In-Person Events Limited Due to COVID

In-person MDC events and programs at our nature centers, shooting ranges, and other locations around the state are limited due to COVID-19 considerations. MDC is offering new online programs that allow people to attend virtually. Please check our class listings to see what classes are limited, in-person classes or virtual classes.

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Register by January 15

Date: Tuesday, January 19, 2021 - 1:00pm to 1:30pm

Location: Virtual

Registration required (all ages)
Winter is a great time to see and hear owls in Missouri. Join us and learn about Missouri’s eight species of owls and the unique calls they make. Plus, we will demonstrate the dissection of an owl pellets and learn how owls are a great natural pest control.
When registering, please provide an active email address in your profile as you will receive a link prior to the program.

Register by January 19

Date: Tuesday, January 19, 2021 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (all ages)
Magical moments in nature are waiting for you! Go on an adventure with a Naturalist to make amazing discoveries as you explore on a trail close to the nature center.
Notes: Dress for the weather. Program will be all outdoors, weather permitting. If it is very cold and/or there is more than light rain/sleet/snow program will be cancelled.

Date: Tuesday, January 19, 2021 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Location: Virtual

Making sausages are one of the best ways to utilize those lesser used cuts of meat. With just a few simple tools and a bit of experimentation you’ll be on your way to making great fare for the table. Let our team of experienced sausage makers show you the basics.

Date: Thursday, January 21, 2021 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Location: Virtual

Every third Thursday at 12pm, we’ll tour the native landscape at MDC’s Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center. Guided by native landscape specialists Alix Daniel and Cydney Ross, this monthly series features a live look at native plants of interest throughout the year, This program is a partnership with Deep Roots.

REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED THROUGH THE DEEP ROOTS WEBSITE: https://deeproots.org/native-plants-at-noon/

Register by January 19

Date: Friday, January 22, 2021 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: Virtual

Registration required (all ages)
Join 2200-mile Appalachian Trail hiker, Lisa Richter, to discover some great backpacking trails in Missouri! Learn to plan for safety and comfort and how to pack everything you need for a multi-day trip into a backpack. When registering, please provide an active email address in your profile as you will receive a link prior to the program.

Register by January 23

Date: Saturday, January 23, 2021 - 10:00am to 11:30am

Location: Virtual

Registration required (ages 10+) Missourians welcome the energetic and exuberant house wren each spring. This small summer resident is a common backyard bird and will utilize abandoned woodpecker holes, bird boxes and other cavities for its habitat. Building your own wren box is a rewarding nature experience and the perfect thing to do on a winter day. Make plans to take part in this woodworking session where you will construct you own wren box and learn where to place it in your backyard. Wren house building kits will be available for pick-up prior to the program for those that are in the Kansas City area.

Register by January 23

Date: Saturday, January 23, 2021 - 12:30pm to 2:00pm

Location: Virtual

Registration required (ages 10+) Missourians welcome the energetic and exuberant house wren each spring. This small summer resident is a common backyard bird and will utilize abandoned woodpecker holes, bird boxes and other cavities for its habitat. Building your own wren box is a rewarding nature experience and the perfect thing to do on a winter day. Make plans to take part in this woodworking session where you will construct you own wren box and learn where to place it in your backyard. Wren house building kits will be available for pick-up prior to the program for those that are in the Kansas City area.

Register by January 26

Date: Tuesday, January 26, 2021 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (all ages)
Magical moments in nature are waiting for you! Go on an adventure with a Naturalist to make amazing discoveries as you explore on a trail close to the nature center.
Notes: Dress for the weather. Program will be all outdoors, weather permitting. If it is very cold and/or there is more than light rain/sleet/snow program will be cancelled.

Register by January 25

Date: Tuesday, January 26, 2021 - 3:30pm to 4:30pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (all ages)
Join a Naturalist to learn about the groups of mammals in Missouri and common to rare species. See the outdoors from wild mammals’ point of view as we head out on the trail and look for signs of mammals. Notes: Dress for the weather. Meet in front of the nature center. Program will be all outdoors, weather permitting. If it is very cold and/or there is more than light rain/sleet/snow program will be cancelled.

Register by January 30

Date: Saturday, January 30, 2021 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Registration required (adults) Learn how to light up a dreary winter night with a homemade ice globe. We will use various molds like buckets and balloons combined with natural objects like leaves and pinecones to create beautiful winter luminaries to brighten the night time winter landscape. This is an all outdoor program so dress for the weather. You will receive an e-mail from the instructor the day prior to the event if weather conditions indicate a need to cancel the program.
Masks are required for this program.

Register by January 30

Date: Saturday, January 30, 2021 - 11:30am to 12:30pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Registration required (adults) Learn how to light up a dreary winter night with a homemade ice globe. We will use various molds like buckets and balloons combined with natural objects like leaves and pinecones to create beautiful winter luminaries to brighten the night time winter landscape. This is an all outdoor program so dress for the weather. You will receive an e-mail from the instructor the day prior to the event if weather conditions indicate a need to cancel the program.
Masks are required for this program.

Register by January 30

Date: Saturday, January 30, 2021 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Registration required (adults) Learn how to light up a dreary winter night with a homemade ice globe. We will use various molds like buckets and balloons combined with natural objects like leaves and pinecones to create beautiful winter luminaries to brighten the night time winter landscape. This is an all outdoor program so dress for the weather. You will receive an e-mail from the instructor the day prior to the event if weather conditions indicate a need to cancel the program.
Masks are required for this program.

Register by January 29

Date: Tuesday, February 2, 2021 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Virtual

Registration required (adults) Subtle colors and bold textures stand out in the landscape this time of year. Join our native landscape specialist to discuss the beauty and benefits of native plants in winter. We'll focus on plants that provide food and habitat for wildlife as well as create visual winter interest in your own backyard.

Register by February 2

Date: Tuesday, February 2, 2021 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (all ages)
Magical moments in nature are waiting for you! Go on an adventure with a Naturalist to make amazing discoveries as you explore on a trail close to the nature center.
Notes: Dress for the weather and meet in front of the nature center. Program will be all outdoors, weather permitting. If it is very cold and/or there is more than light rain/sleet/snow program will be cancelled.

Register by January 29

Date: Tuesday, February 2, 2021 - 5:30pm to 6:30pm

Location: Virtual

Registration required (adults) Subtle colors and bold textures stand out in the landscape this time of year. Join our native landscape specialist to discuss the beauty and benefits of native plants in winter. We'll focus on plants that provide food and habitat for wildlife as well as create visual winter interest in your own backyard.

Register by February 5

Date: Friday, February 5, 2021 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Registration required (ages 14+) February is a great time to reflect on last year's garden and start planning for next year. Join the Discovery Center's native landscape specialists as they share tips on how to plan for spring, how to start your own native plant seedlings and where to look to enjoy the subtle beauty of wintertime in a native plant garden. This is an all outdoor program so dress for the weather. You will receive an e-mail from the instructor the day prior to the event if weather conditions indicate a need to cancel the program.

Register by February 5

Date: Saturday, February 6, 2021 - 9:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Prairie Hollow Lake, James A. Reed MWA

Ice fishing is a fun way to get outdoors and enjoy a cold winter day. Join us for an ice fishing lesson and a couple hours out on the ice catching some fish.

We'll start the morning off at Prairie Hollow Educational Lake with a short ice fishing lesson where we will learn about ice fishing equipment and techniques as well as ice fishing and winter fishing safety. Then we'll head out on the ice for a fishing opportunity.

Missouri Department of Conservation will provide equipment, bait, and fishing coaches. Dress warm and bring your own snacks and drinks to help you keep warm.

Fishing permits are not required to fish during this program.

This clinic will be entirely outside so please dress accordingly.

Please plan to wear a mask when we are close together and to practice responsible social distance at all times.

Safe ice will be necessary for this program. In the event that weather and ice conditions are not acceptable for this program participant will be contacted with postponement dates.

Register by February 4

Date: Saturday, February 6, 2021 - 10:30am to 11:30am

Location: Virtual

Registration required (ages 8+) Owls are without a doubt some of the most fascinating raptors in Missouri! This naturalist led virtual program will focus on the specialized structures and behavioral adaptations that make these regal birds a favorite to lean about. Join us as we explore the world of owls. Whoooo knows, you too may learn to speak their language! It'll be a hoot!

Register by February 1

Date: Sunday, February 7, 2021 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: Virtual

This is a WebEx Virtual program. Join us for an interactive discussion on Crossbows, and hunting with crossbows from the comforts of your home or on your Mobile device. Topics to be discussed are, choosing the right crossbow and bolts. hunting considerations , and safety concerns. Participants can ask questions and watch demonstrations. You must have a valid email, and the ability to receive Web-Ex to participate in this live event.

Register by February 9

Date: Tuesday, February 9, 2021 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (all ages)
Magical moments in nature are waiting for you! Go on an adventure with a Naturalist to make amazing discoveries as you explore on a trail close to the nature center.
Notes: Dress for the weather and meet in front of the nature center. Program will be all outdoors, weather permitting. If it is very cold and/or there is more than light rain/sleet/snow program will be cancelled.

Register by February 8

Date: Wednesday, February 10, 2021 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Virtual

Registration required (ages 10+) Winter is full of wonder and processing tree sap into syrup is one of those wonders. This virtual program will cover the basics of tree selection, collection, processing and equipment needed to turn that watery sap into delicious syrup.

Register by February 10

Date: Thursday, February 11, 2021 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required for youngster only (ages 3-5 with an adult)
Animals are divided into categories based on their adaptations and characteristics. Come learn what these special adaptations do for animals and what abilities they unlock. The Kingdom awaits you!Note: Dress for the weather and meet in front of the nature center. Program will be all outdoors, weather permitting. If it is very cold and /or there is more than light rain/sleet/snow program will be cancelled.

Register by February 10

Date: Thursday, February 11, 2021 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: Virtual

Registration required (all ages)
The Eastern Bluebird is the state symbol and a symbol of conservation success in Missouri. Join us as we look at bluebird’s history, success and future in Missouri. Plus, learn how you can attract these ‘patriotic’ birds to your backyard.
When registering, please provide an active email address in your profile as you will receive a link prior to the program.

Register by February 10

Date: Thursday, February 11, 2021 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required for youngsters only (ages 3-5 with an adult)
Animals are divided into categories based on their adaptations and characteristics. Come learn what these special adaptations do for animals and what abilities they unlock. The Kingdom awaits you!Note: Dress for the weather and meet in front of the nature center. Program will be all outdoors, weather permitting. If it is very cold and /or there is more than light rain/sleet/snow program will be cancelled.

Register by February 13

Date: Saturday, February 13, 2021 - 10:00am to 11:30am

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Registration required (adults) Bundle up and join our native landscape specialist for a winter walk at the Discovery Center. Together we'll observe winter's subtle charm and discuss how wildlife thrives when you add native plants to your own backyard. This is an all outdoor program so dress for the weather. You will receive an e-mail from the instructor the day prior to the event if weather conditions indicate a need to cancel the program.

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